We were starting to wonder when Stoker, the English-language debut from Oldboy director Chan-wook Park, would get released. The film went in front of cameras last September, and we haven’t heard anything about it since. Today, word comes that Stoker will open March 1, 2013. The plot centers on a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning her death of her father (Dermot Mulroney). The impressive cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Jackie Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich. I’ve been told that the movie could be described as a horror, a thriller, a drama, or a combination of all three, so it will be interesting to see how Fox Searchlight plans to sell it.
It won’t be an easy sell in a crowded March 2013, which could almost pass for a summer month with the amount of heavy-hitters it has on hand. Stoker will be sharing its weekend with Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 follow-up, Elysium, which stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Even if Stoker does well, it will be tough to have legs in a month that also includes Oz the Great and Powerful, Now You See Me, the remake of Carrie, the Tom Hanks drama Captain Phillips, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, Jack the Giant Killer, and the delayed 3D release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. [Update: We've been sent official word regarding the release date, which comes with an official synopsis. Read it after the jump.]
Following the two casting stories we had for you this morning, we now have a few more this afternoon. First up, The Killing star Mireille Enos’ may land another high-profile gig after signing on to co-star in World War Z earlier this year. THR reports that Enos is in talks to play the wife of Josh Brolin’s character in Ruben Fleischer’s period crime drama Gangster Squad. Brolin plays John O’Mara, one of the few good cops not on the payroll of crime boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in 1940s Los Angeles. If she signs on, “Enos will play O’Mara’s wife, who is afraid her husband may die while in the line of duty but still helps him pick his squad. The film’s impressive cast also includes Ryan Gosling, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, and Giovanni Ribisi. Emma Stone is also in talks to join the film.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut, Stoker.
Matthew Goode (Watchmen) is in talks to land the male lead in director Chan-wook Park’s (Oldboy) drama Stoker. Already starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, the project was penned by actor Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) and centers on a young girl (Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle while mourning her father’s death. Variety reports that Goode’s negotiations are for the role of said “mysterious uncle,” a part previously courted by the likes of Colin Firth, James Franco, Michael Fassbender, and Joel Edgerton. Stoker is housed at Fox Searchlight and will mark the English-language debut for Chan-wook Park. Tony and Ridley Scott will produce the pic under their Scott Free moniker. As for Goode, “Ozymandias” himself can next be seen in the “romantic dramady” Burning Man from director Jonathan Teplitzky.
Julie Andrews, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Gabriel Byrne have signed on to star in an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel Crooked House. In the murder mystery is set against “the backdrop of three generations of a family that lives together in a large and seemingly crooked house.” Every member of the eccentric family has motive to have killed the multimillionaire patriarch, Aristide Leonide. Neil LaBute (Death at a Funeral) will direct from a script by Julian Fellowes (The Tourist) and Tim Rose Price (The Serpent’s Kiss). The $20 million production is scheduled to shoot this summer in the U.K. The story calls for a large ensemble, so expect more casting notices in the near future. Andrews, Goode, and Byrne — and sure, let’s throw in the lovely Arterton — is a very good start.
Read a quote from LaBute and the full book synopsis after the jump.
Two months after his Dune adaptation collapsed, Taken director Pierre Morel has set up his next movie as a producer, the action thriller Overdrive. Variety reports Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) and Matthew Goode (Leap Year) as “a pair of handsome and adventurous brothers, known for being high-profile car thieves, who travel to the South of France looking for new challenges and come across a tough local crime boss.” Antonio Negret, the Colombian filmmaker who just finished shooting Transit, will direct Overdrive. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Wanted) will write the script. The $30 million production should get in front of cameras later this summer for a planned summer 2012 release.
Read quotes from the producers after the jump.
A Single Man’s director Tom Ford has a name cineaste may only know from an outset, and geeks are more than likely to draw a blank on. But Ford is best known for his work in fashion design, having successful reinvigorated the Gucci label, and by having a clothes line of his own. Becoming a director may suggest he’s a dilettante, but it’s also likely that something about Christopher Isherwood’s novel A Single Man touched him and he wanted to bring it to the big screen. The story of a professor (Colin Firth) contemplating suicide after the loss of his lover (Matthew Goode), and his plans for his final day alive, A Single Man is a gorgeous film that traffics in the caged nature of a homosexuality in the early sixties. Also starring Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult, it’s very much a character piece, and features a strong Oscar-nominated performance by Firth. My review of the Blu-ray of A Single Man after the jump.
Ethan Hawke (Daybreakers) has signed on to star and co-produce the spy thriller The Numbers Station under the direction of Kasper Barfoed (The Candidate). According to Variety, F. Scott Frazier’s Script centers around a “disgraced black ops agent tasked with a dead-end job of protecting a 20-year-old woman in the middle of the Nevada desert.” The film will begin lensing in September at the low budget of $10 million.
Hit the jump for details on Matthew Goode (Watchmen) joining the otherwise female cast of Burning Man, the pairing of Ralph Fiennes (The Hurt Locker) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) for Coronet, and how the excellent title Man is Wolf to Man convinced Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) to sign on.
Matthew Goode admitted in an interview with the UK Daily Telegraph that he auditioned to play Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part film of The Hobbit. Of course it’s important to realize MANY people are going to audition for the role, so please don’t start thinking he’s cast! Saying that, with everyone so curious about who is going to play Bilbo, I figured you might want to know who is auditioning. Here’s part of the article:
“Now he’s a father, Goode doesn’t even like travelling that much. But just before we met, he’d auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part film of The Hobbit. As he is the first to admit, he’s not an obvious choice – ‘Look at the size of me for Christ’s sake!’ If he got the part, he would, he says, find it almost impossible to refuse – despite the fact that it would involve him spending several months in New Zealand.”
Recently Goode was in Tom Ford’s A Single Man, Leap Year, and he played Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. I’m a fan of his work, but I’m not sold on him as Bilbo. If you’d like to see a great interview that I did with Goode not too long ago, click here. (via The One Ring)
Thanks to rickygervais.com, Facebook and sky movies, a ton of new images from Cemetery Junction have hit the net. If you aren’t excited for this film…you should be. The reason is it’s the first film to be written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (The Office, Extras). If you’ve seen either show, you know what I’m talking about.
When I spoke to Gervais when he was out promoting The Invention of Lying, he said Cemetery Junction is “set in the early 70′s and it’s about a group of twenty something’s that try to escape that stifling small town sort of mentality.” He also called the movie his Saturday Night Fever.
While the main characters in the film are played by unknowns, they’ve cast Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, Matthew Goode, and Felicity Jones in supporting roles. Hit the jump to see the first teaser trailer, a set visit by Sky News, and all the images that have hit the net so far.
Every once in awhile you do an interview that just comes out awesome. Today is one of those days.
I recently got to speak with Matthew Goode and while some actors are guarded and careful with their answers and opinions, what I love about Matthew Goode is his honesty and his willingness to talk about anything and everything. Also, he was willing to light up and smoke on camera and not apologize for it. Trust me when I say most Hollywood actors would never do this.
The reason I got to speak to Goode was for his recent work in Tom Ford’s great debut film A Single Man. But with Goode also in Ricky Gervais upcoming Cemetary Junction and the romantic comedy Leap Year, we also covered those films. And for fans of Watchmen, we discussed that film at length as he played Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias.
If you’re a fan of Matthew Goode, trust me when I say this is a must see interview. Hit the jump to watch it.
Over the past several years, Amy Adams has risen from supporting player to global star. With a breakout performance in the 2005 independent feature Junebug and a career-changing role in the 2007 blockbuster Enchanted, along with roles in such films as Doubt and Julie & Julia, the actress has carefully selected roles that display her talents at both drama and comedy.
Soon after she read the script for the romantic comedy Leap Year, Amy Adams agreed to play the film’s leading lady: controlling businesswoman, Anna Brady. On a quest to get married to the perfect guy, Anna finds herself in Ireland, at the mercy of a local who is helping her chase after her boyfriend of four years on Leap Day, so that she can take advantage of an old Irish tradition and propose to him herself.
During the press day for Leap Year, Amy Adams talked about working in Ireland, her love for romance novels and waiting for her own proposal for six years. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
A Single Man is unmistakably an art house film but in the best sense of the term. It’s intimate, outside the mainstream, relies more on cinematography, music, and editing rather than dialogue to tell the story, and highlights actors, or in this case, an actor, who can completely embody a character and keep you mesmerized with a small, subtle performance. It may be an art house film but A Single Man is an experience that will completely entrance you no matter the venue.
Universal has provided us with seven clips to promote their upcoming romantic comedy Leap Year starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. For those who don’t know, the story revolves around Anna (Adams) who decides to take charge in getting married by following her boyfriend to Dublin and taking advantage of an Irish tradition which allows women to pop the question on February 29th. However, Anna winds up on the opposite side of Ireland with Declan (Goode), a “handsome, but surly Irishman” and she begins to reconsider who deserves her proposal.
For your convenience, Collider now includes all clips together in a single player which you can check out after the jump. Leap Year hits theaters on January 8, 2010.
While many people have heard of Tom Ford as he is a major designer in the world of clothing, he can now add something to his already impressive resume: filmmaker.
That’s because opening this Friday, in limited release, is his ridiculously impressive debut film A Single Man. Set in Los Angeles in 1962, A Single Man is the story of George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor (Colin Firth) who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim (Matthew Goode). George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters ultimately leads him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley (Julianne Moore), a 48 year old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future. A young student of George’s, Kenny (Nicholas Hoult), who is coming to terms with his true nature, stalks George as he feels in him a kindred spirit.
To help promote the film, the Weinstein Company recently held a Los Angeles press day and I was able to participate in a press conference with Ford. He talks about how he came to the material, why he wanted to make the film, casting, the technical side of filmmaking, and a lot more. It’s a great interview for one of the best films I’ve seen this year. If and when it plays in your area, seek A Single Man out, as Colin Firth gives an amazing performance and Tom Ford demonstrates he’s a natural at filmmaking.
Watching the trailer for Leap Year, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Who put Amy Adams in this Kate Hudson movie?” Adams is far too talented for a role which requires her to be a neurotic straight woman desperate for marriage and then do adorable pratfalls along the way. I don’t need to see this kind of movie again and I certainly don’t want to see Adams do a role she could do in her sleep.
Check out the trailer after the jump and try to imagine Kate Hudson doing this role. It’s depressing. You can also see the poster and read the brief synopsis. They are slightly less depressing the trailer.